The White House released its proposed budget to Congress last week, officially recommending full termination of funding for both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for FY2018.
This is the first American President in history to propose zeroing out all funding for the nation’s federal cultural agencies. In Michigan, the NEA contributed more than $32 million in grant funding to Michigan communities, schools, museums, and arts organizations from 1998 to 2018. This represents only 20 years of NEA grants allocated in Michigan. In 2016 alone, the NEA distributed $770,600 to Michigan’s state arts agency, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and an additional $1,282,500 in grant dollars were directly awarded to individuals and organizations in Michigan. Currently, 40 percent of NEA-supported activities take place in high-poverty neighborhoods, with 36 percent of grants going to underserved populations including programs for veterans and people with disabilities.
Please consider contacting your elected representatives. You can do so directly through the Americans for the Arts. You can also phone or email their offices.
Thanks for supporting arts funding in Michigan & nationwide!